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The Maharashtra Outbreak: How Can You Fight The Swine Flu?

- 9th June 2017
Swine Flu in India

The H1N1 influenza is making news again this year, and of course, for all the wrong reasons. 2017 has already recorded 230 lives lost to this deadly disease in Maharashtra.  

Swine flu, a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses such as H1N1 and H3N2v, was observed as a pandemic for the first time in Mexico, in 2009.

The Symptoms And The Warning Signs

Fever

Swine flu can be a tricky thing to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of any other regular flu. If you have indeed contracted this disease, it is most likely that you’ll have the chills, a high fever, a painful cough, a sore throat, a runny or blocked nose, severe body aches, unusual fatigue and weakness, diarrhea, and possible nausea and vomiting.

The H3N2v flu, swine flu, is famous for being contagious. You could spread it by sneezing, coughing, or by touching germ-covered surfaces and then touching your eyes and nose. If you cook your pork well, you don’t have to worry about catching the disease from pigs.  

Warning Signs For Adults:  

Definitely consider seeing a doctor if:  

  • you have difficulties in breathing or shortness of breath
  • your chest or abdomen hurts or feels abnormal pressure
  • you suddenly feel dizzy every now and then
  • you feel consistently dazed and confused
  • you haven’t stopped throwing up
  • your fever and cough temporarily disappears after normal treatment and then comes back again

Warning Signs For Children And Infants:

It is time to see a medical professional if:

  • your child is breathing too fast
  • your child’s skin is changing to a bluish color
  • you child has trouble waking up in the mornings
  • your child is irritable and often cries without tears
  • your child has a fever with a rash and no appetite  

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

H1N1 vaccine

You may not be able to perfectly shield yourself from the swine flu, but there are some simple things you can do to take good care of yourself during an outbreak:  

  • Get an H1N1 vaccine (especially true for young children and pregnant women)
  • Wear a face mask, but not the same one twice
  • Wash your hands well and more frequently now
  • Keep your home and your surroundings spotless clean
  • Stay home if you have been down with fever for more than 24 hours
  • Stay away from people who are ill with the flu  

Home Remedies To The Rescue

Indian Home Remedies

The swine flu is a versatile and adaptable virus and it can sometimes develop a resistance toward antiviral drugs available at clinics. Ease the symptoms of flu at home with these quick tips,

  • Take 5 washed Tulsi/Basil leaves every morning
  • Drink a concoction made of Giloi  and Tulsi leaves in water
  • Swallow Camphor tablets
  • Start your morning with two pods of garlic every day
  • Gulp a glass of warm milk with turmeric every night
  • Apply natural Aloe vera gel on your skin to relieve body aches
  • Exercise as much as you can daily
  • Indulge in citrus fruits that are high in Vitamin C    
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